Friday, 29 August 2014

Mylchreest Happy for Second Chance

Michael Mylchreest
  Michael Mylchreest is hoping to take advantage of a second opportunity.

  The 19-year old defenceman is in camp with the Brandon Wheat Kings, trying to earn a spot with the club as a free agent after spending a year out of the Western Hockey League.

  The 6-foot-3, 200 pound Mylchreest spent two years with the Prince George Cougars from 2011 to 2013 before spending the 2013-14 campaign with Springfield in the North American Hockey League.

  "I think it's really awesome.  I spent a year out of the league, and I learned a lot about myself as a player and what the league is all really about," said Mylchreest on Friday, "It's an awesome opportunity to have a chance to come back in."

  Mylchreest's connection with the Wheat Kings is current Brandon and former Prince George Director of Scouting Wade Klippenstein, who originally recruited the Gilroy, California product to the WHL.

  "That's one of the main reason I ended up here," said Mylchreest, "Wade is a really good guy and has helped me out since I was 15 so huge thanks to him for getting me out here."

  Mylchreest is one of only three right-hand shooting defencemen remaining in the Wheat Kings' training camp and it seems he understands what he'll need to do to claim a roster spot with Brandon.

  "I just have to do what makes me a good player, just stick to what I am," said Mylchreest, "I'm not a flashy player at all, just have to do the simple things and do the things that help the team win."

  Mylchreest had nine points, all assists, 29 penalty minutes and a -25 rating in 116 games in his two seasons with Prince George before notching four goals and 12 points in 56 games with Springfield last season.

  On the ice on Friday night, Richard Nejezchleb scored twice and Nolan Patrick had a goal and two assists to lead Team Black to a 7-5 victory over Team White in the first scrimmage of Main Camp.

  Rihards Bukarts scored twice and Tim McGauley had a goal and two assists for Team White.

  Main camp continues Saturday with scrimmages scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  The curtain comes down on Wheat Kings' training camp on Sunday afternoon, with the annual intrasquad game slated for 2:00 p.m. at Westman Communications Group Place.

  46 players are participating in this weekend's Main Camp -- 28 forwards, 14 defencemen and four goalkeepers.

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